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Four in a row for Lakers

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Four in a row for Lakers

 

By Eamon Keogh

Basketball: National League Division One

IT Carlow  70
Scotts Lakers  Killarney 111

SCOTTS  Lakers picked up their  fourth win on the trot with a very impressive and comprehensive victory on the road against  IT Carlow last Saturday. A dominant third quarter along with a whopping 16 three-pointers in the game which included eight threes from Brian O'Neill were the key factors that secured the victory.

Carlow were well in contention at an early stage with Jordan Fallon , Jimmy and Brendan Butler impressing.  However Scotts Lakers were inspired by the outstanding three-point shooting of  Brian O’Neill who hit five threes in the opening quarter.  Toby Christensen and Mark Greene  also added baskets and  Lakers led 25 – 17 at the end of the opening period.

Carlow kept in touch with Lakers throughout  the second quarter, scoring 23 points to Lakers 24.  The Killarney side had solid contributions from Seamus Brosnan, Brian O’Neill Mark Greene,  Aaron Jackson, Carlton Cuff  and Toby Christensen and they led 49 - 40 at the interval.

Upon the resumption Lakers really got into their stride, doubling Carlow’s score. Jordan Fallon banged a big three-pointer for Carlow, Kevin Donohoe three baskets, Brendan Butler two and James Butler one.  Brian O’Neill hit another three-pointer for Scotts Lakers, as did Carlton Cuff, Mick McGinn, Mark Greene and Xavier Talton. Aaron Jackson Toby Christensen, Carlton Cuff and Xavier Talton added further scores and the Killarney side enjoyed a commanding 81-56 lead entering the final quarter.

The final quarter was a formality, with Kevin Donohoe scoring five baskets and two free-throws, with James Butler a single basket.  Scotts Lakers extended their lead, with an on-fire Toby Christensen scoring a three-pointer, four baskets and two free-throws.  Aaron Jackson scored two baskets and Seamus Brosnan a three-pointer and a basket, Mark Greene a three-pointer while  Brian O’Neill scored another big three-pointer to make it his eighth of the game and Lakers’ sixteenth.  At the final buzzer, Scotts Lakers had a comfortable 41 points to spare.

Scotts Lakers : Toby Christensen 27 , Brian O’Neill 26, Mark Greene  14, Carlton Cuff 14, Aaron Jackson 13.
Carlow IT:  Kevin Donohoe 23 points, James Butler 17, Sean Broderick 11 and Jordan Fallon 10.

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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68% of fans say penalty shootouts ‘not right’ for Gaelic football

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by Adam Moynihan

Local Gaelic football supporters are largely against the practice of deciding matches with penalty shootouts, a poll carried out by the Killarney Advertiser can reveal.

Over two-thirds (68%) of those surveyed said they don’t think that penalties are “right” for the GAA with the remaining 32% standing on the other side of the fence.

Traditionally exclusive to the game of soccer, penalty shootouts were first introduced to Kerry GAA competitions in 2020 as a method of settling fixtures “on the day”. This was deemed necessary as there was less time for replays due to the profound effect the coronavirus pandemic had on last year’s sporting calendar.

A number of high-profile Kerry club matches have gone to penalties since they were introduced, including last season’s County League final between Austin Stacks and Rathmore, last month’s Kerry SFC Round 1 match between Legion and Spa, and Saturday’s county semi-final between Stacks and St Brendan’s.

Stacks emerged victorious in that televised last four clash as former Kerry player Kieran Donaghy scored the winning kick to send the Tralee club through to the final.

Before penalty shootouts became the norm, drawn GAA matches either went to a replay or to extra-time and then a replay if necessary.

Sorting a match out on the day is now commonplace, although some observers have voiced concerns about introducing what is effectively a soccer exercise to Gaelic games. When asked for their thoughts on penalties, a number of respondents to our survey made the same or similar observations.

“Penalties do not encapsulate the basic skills of Gaelic football,” one reader said. “Kicking from the hand is the key fundamental skill of the sport so that seems a more fair and apt way to decide a game.”

Another fan commented: “Penalties are for soccer. Marks are for Aussie Rules. Can we come up with anything ourselves?”

On the other hand, some respondents said that penalties were “fine” and a few suggested that they be used for any game bar a final.

Kerry GAA have confirmed that the upcoming county final and relegation playoff will go to replays if the sides are level after 60 minutes. However, next Saturday’s intermediate final between Na Gaeil and Beaufort will go all the way to penalties if required.

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When asked to select the “best” alternative method of deciding a Gaelic football match from a list provided by the Killarney Advertiser, over 40% of the people surveyed opted for a free-taking shootout from 35 metres.

‘More extra-time’ was the second most popular option with 23.61% of the vote.

An additional period of ‘next score wins’ was next up on just under 20%, with a 1 v 1 ice-hockey-style shootout, which would see the kicker carry the ball in hand before shooting for goal, was selected by 16% of supporters.

Whether or not the GAA are open to changing things up is uncertain. For the time-being at least, it appears as though football matches will continue to be decided using this controversial method.

Killarney Advertiser Penalty Shootout Poll (carried out online on November 23/24)

Are penalty shootouts right for Gaelic football?

Yes 31.94%

No 68.06%

If a replay is not possible, which of these alternative methods of settling a match is best:

Free-taking shootout from 35 metres 40.28%​

More extra time 23.61%

Next score wins 19.44%

1 v 1 ice-hockey-style shootout (ball in hand) 16.67%

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